Our business concept is to develop the modern horseshoes, equipment and methods that treat and prevent injuries to the musculoskeletal system such as suspensory ligaments, tendons and joints. Through our own innovations, we can also map and correct movement disorders that increase performance and reduce injuries.
About the website
Research shows that up to 90% of injuries in the musculoskeletal system come from defects in the hoof balance and ineffective movement pattern.
All research around equine injuries is based on secondary solutions, such as medications, surgeries and other veterinary treatments. There is no research that puts in the primary cause, which is almost always about the shape of the hoof and the movement pattern. With this website, we have taken as our task to create a general interest and knowledge about the horse’s movement mechanics and also create a paradigm shift for researcher to place greater emphasis on follow;
We develop hyper effective horseshoes
When the hoof hits the ground, with a classic horse shoe, the energy is completely lost in every stride.
Through our experiments in race, we discovered early on that our own invented horseshoe has great potential to revolutionize the horse industry but also that a horse shoe is always completely dependent on the hoof angle. The goal with our horseshoes is to minimize injuries, improve coordination, balance muscle imbalance and improve movement economy in speed and endurance. Our shoe also has properties for a shock absorption that at the same time provides extra leverage without extra muscle power.
Equine Orthopedic Systems
We work for to develop a unique concept for treat injuries in the musculoskeletal system. We are pretty sure we are alone in the world with it. The method provides a sustainable and safe result in shorter rehab time without loose the racing shape. We have also proven that the method often results in an increase in performance.
A healthy and elastic suspensory ligament is the main key to increased performance and reduced injuries in the musculoskeletal system.
The function of the suspensory ligament is to stabilize the vertebra to counteract overstretching, absorb the shock impact and store energy which is then converted into kinetic energy.
Suspensory ligament injuries are most often caused by repetitive overstretching or a prolonged period of overexertion. A proper hoof angles and movement patterns are absolutely crucial for faster healing and a lasting result.
We use our own innovations that put the horse in exact balance that prevents overload in joints and suspensory ligament. In combination with our gentle training method that provides a very effective muscle training.
It is easy and logical to calculate what enormous strains on joints, tendons and ligaments is exposed to, if the hoof is in the wrong balance, especially when you know that the load is a few tons in each step. It is therefore very important to follow the hooves’ angles according to the direction of the joint and the horse’s innate balance points, which completely control the movement pattern.
A Unique measuring tool
To find the right angles, we use our own innovation that is only available in one copy – A world-unique orthopedic measuring instrument that is adjustable in all angles with a revolutionary function to cast an orthopedic sole that corrects the misalignments.
With the instrument, we find the small misalignments that are impossible to perceive with the eye. Our philosophy is that the repetitive process with a marginal misalignment in the movement pattern causes a small injury in each step. If the micro-injury does not have time to heal between training sessions, the risk of developing into a more serious injury increases significantly.
The balance points
“The mapping of the balance points is based on classical physics and the connection between forces and movements”
“The balance points of the hoof and lower leg affect the whole body to move in a characteristic way”
An very important part of the rehab concept is to focus on the balance points that directly affect the movement pattern, some of which are to adjust overstretching in relation to the length of the vertebral bone, such as the joint direction in the knee vertebrae and has in relation to the rollover and lift.
Our system’s algorithms also make it possible to predict the total force pattern in the upper part (mass 2) of the body by reading the force in the lower part of the leg (mass 1) when it hits the ground.
We use High tech sensors
To find the perfect movement patterns, We use the best sensor system in the market that provide detailed analyzes of the lower leg and the ground forces of the hoof. Advanced algorithms reads each individual step in 15 motion values that can be expanded by cross-reading the values to quota values. – All values are measured in symmetry with left and right.
Examples of values are “The rapid change in braking speed, the shock impact and the maximum load of the body weight. The stride length, contact time in the ground, the hovering movement, the time in the air, the insertion phase in three steps and how the hoof prone in the air in relation to landing.
The system also adds how the movement pattern is affected by the impact in the surface’s varying structures, how the hoof is balanced with different types of shoes in relation to the hoof angle and rollover.
Innovation under construction
Sometimes you get to a point when shoeing and balancing are not enough, then it is almost always about overstretched Suspensory ligaments.
We are currently developing an adjustable support that provides relief for the vertebral support structures such as tendons and suspensory ligaments. The support can be adjusted individually according to the degree of overstretching.
The main function of the support is to mimic a healthy and resilient support structure. The support must also be able to be regulated to provide extra boost in the step, which can improve performance.
We work according to the philosophy that horses stay healthier by moving on varying surfaces, uniform surfaces passivate the body’s balance and coordination system. If the complex muscular system does not get the impulses they need, the movement pattern is therefore negatively affected and often leads to lameness.
About the founder
Hi, my name is Anders Hesselgren, founder of HOOF IN MOTION and Equine Orthopedic Systems. I have over 30 years of professional experience as a farrier for several of the world’s foremost stables in Sweden, USA, Italy and Germany.
I have worked as a farrier for Stig H Johansson, Sören Nordin, Tommy Hanné, Stefan Hultman and several successful riders in equestrian sports.
Veterinary professor Arne Lindholm was a great friend and a source of inspiration to the founding of HOOF IN MOTION. Arne Lindholm is considered by the scientific community to be father of the equine physiology research.